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Tuesday February 5, 2008

‘Samy blasts ‘mad fellows’

KUALA LUMPUR: MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu has rejected Internet speculation that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has told him not to contest in the coming general election.  

“Yes, yes, he told me not to contest in 2010,” he said mockingly after opening Duromac (M) Sdn Bhd’s new premises here.  

Responding to such postings on the web, Samy Vellu blamed it on a “set of mad fellows going around” with the idea of destroying the MIC.  

“But the more they do it, the stronger we are.  

“These fellows are going to die with the SMS because they are getting mad every day. They will come to a level very soon where they are fit to go into the mental hospital,'' he charged.  

He pinpointed the rumour to a “fat fellow” in Klang. 

Asked who the person was, Samy said: “I know. You do the research. A mad fellow goes around the streets. He makes noise and all that.” 

On suggestions that former MIC deputy president Datuk S. Subramaniam was lobbying to stand as a candidate, Samy said: “Let rumours be rumours.”  

Meanwhile, Johor MIC chief Datuk K.S. Balakrishnan said he was willing to step aside if the party wishes so. 

The five-term state assemblyman and two-term state exco member said even if he were no longer contesting, he would back Barisan Nasional and give his full support to ensure that the coalition won. 

“I think I have served the public throughout and I will continue to serve them even if I am no longer in office,” he said in Johor Baru yesterday.  

Balakrishnan served as Pasir Gudang state assemblyman for four terms from 1986 and won the Permas state seat in the 2004 general election. 

He is also currently the state local trade and consumer affairs executive councillor. 

There is wide speculation in Johor that Balakrishnan may not be fielded in the coming election as he has been an elected representative for 22 years now.